Jernberg in the 1955 Wasa Race, which he won. File photo SvD/Scanpix
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Champion skiier Sixten Jernberg dies

Long distance skiier Sixten Jernberg, who took home four Olympic gold medals for Sweden, has died at the age of 83.

He also won three bronze medals in the Olympics as well as several World Championship medals. In 1955 and in 1960, he won the iconic Wasa Race, held in Sweden every year.

"We've lost a legendary skiier, one of the best," says Per-Åke Yttergård, head of the Skiiers Union, to

Jernberg was born in Lima in the Dalarna region of Sweden in 1929. He had been ill for some time before he passed away, his family says.

"Dad has fought extremely hard, using the iron will he was famous for, but in the end his energy ran out," his son Edy Jernberg tells Swedish Television.

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